Allison's lecture is sponsored by the Kirkland Project for the Study of Gender, Society and Culture as part of its Southern Accents series.
The New York Times Book Review has called Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, "As close to flawless as any reader could ask for and any writer could hope for and aspire to." The book was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award, and won both the Ferro Grumley and Bay Area Book Reviewers Awards for fiction. The novel has been translated into many languages. A movie version of Bastard Out of Carolina, directed by Angelica Huston, premiered on Showtime in 1996. Allison's second novel, Cavedweller, a New York Times Bestseller, was published by Dutton in 1998.
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